The Adventurous Lectionary for January 26, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for Sunday, January 26, 2014 Isaiah 9:1-4 ; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; I Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 Today’s readings capture the spirit of the magi. Following the star, they find Jesus. The light of the Christ Child still shines are guides the way of pilgrims and those who struggle with personal and communal dis-ease. [Read More...]

The Elvis in All of Us: Responding to “The Seeker King: The Spirituality Biography of Elvis Presley”

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There is a saying, “God is like Elvis, you see God everywhere.” In light of Gary Tillery’s The Seeker King, we might say “We are like Elvis, you’ll see us everywhere.”  Elvis Presley once admitted, “All I want is to know the truth, to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.”  [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Second Sunday after Epiphany – January 19, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on The Second Sunday after the Epiphany  Sunday, January 19, 2014   Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11 I Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 What does it mean to be “chosen” by God?  Images of vocation and call are often as problematic as helpful, personally and theologically.  Often they are used to exclude some and elevate others [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Baptism of Jesus – January 12, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on The Baptism of Jesus for January 12, 2014 Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm  29 Acts 10:34-43  (preferred reading Acts 10:1-23, 34-35, 44-48) Matthew 3:13-17 This Sunday we celebrate the life-transforming power of baptism.  While baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a sign of God’s grace and opens the door for experiencing a [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Epiphany Sunday – January 5, 2014 Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Some congregations will choose to celebrate Epiphany Sunday on January 5, using the readings assigned for the feast of the Epiphany.  This sets the stage for the expansive spirit of Epiphany. Epiphany affirms that God’s revelation is [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Saved by an Intimate God – The First Sunday of Christmas – December 29, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for the First Sunday of Christmas – December 29, 2013 Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Matthew 2:13-23 Salvation is global as well as individual.  This vision is at the heart of the incarnation. The world is saved one person – one creature – at a time.  God’s healing initiative is everywhere and [Read More...]

Vision is Everything: A Response to Robert J. Cormier’s “Better Than We Believed”

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I am very appreciative of Robert J. Cormier’s Better Than We Believed (now featured at the Patheos Book Club). Cormier sees faith as a vision which shapes how we understand the events of our lives. Doctrines and dogmas are important, but derivative and somewhat relative in the living of our daily lives. While they may have [Read More...]

The Wisdom of the Hazelnut: A Conversation with Mirabai Starr

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It is a great joy to read the words of another mystical author, Julian of Norwich, flowing through the creative and mystical translating of Mirabai Starr.  Her translation of The Showings of Julian of Norwich is exquisite and inspiring. I know Mirabai and count her as a friend, and recognize that her words come from [Read More...]

Angelic Visitations: Physiology or Divinity? Reflections on “The Angel Effect”

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Angels are at the heart of the Christmas Season. Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing that she will be the mother of God’s Holy Child. Joseph has two angelic visitations: the first, to tell him that his marriage to Mary is blessed by God; the second, to alert him to flee to Egypt to save the [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for December 15, 2013 (Advent 3)

Lectionary Reflections for the Third Sunday in Advent  December 15, 2013 Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55a James 5:7-10 Matthew 2:1-11 Healing the World  Advent is a time for hopeful transformation.  Creation and humankind lean toward wholeness; creation groans and so do we.  God is at world in all things, restoring the broken, healing the sick, and welcoming [Read More...]


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